While Marathon Consulting’s headquarters are located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn we also have an office in Denver, Colorado and want to highlight some of the fun things that make Colorado a great place to live.

The 36th annual Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival returns to Estes Park, Colorado the first weekend of September. Starting Thursday, September 5 and running through Sunday, September 9, the largest Scottish festival in the United States is a fun-filled weekend for the whole family.

Here are a few of the highlights that make the trip up to Estes Park a must for over 60,000 festival-goers each year.

Celtic Marketplace – Over 100 vendors of Celtic goods will fill two tents with a treasure trove of Scottish and Irish merchandise. From t-shirts and hats to clan history books and custom-tailored kilts, you can find just about anything your heart desires.

Dogs of the British Isles – Some of the most fun events of the weekend are the dog-related activities. There are sheep herding contests, agility courses and disc dog performances. Each breed of dog also has its own booth where you can learn more about it.

Highland Athletics – If you’ve never seen a caber being tossed, head over to the athletic field to watch an international field of strong men and women compete in the Highland Games. Other events include the stone throw, the sheaf toss and the hammer throw.

Scottish Food and Drink – Feeling brave? Try a bite of the much-maligned haggis or choose a traditional meat pie from one of the different food vendors. You can also sample different whiskeys and beer from the British Isles as well.

Highland Music and Dancing – Scottish and Irish pipers will be playing all weekend long. How can you tell the difference? All Scottish players will be wearing plaid kilts. Most kilts for Irish players will be a solid color.

Rocky Mountain National Park – The entrance to one of the best national parks in the country is only 10 minutes to the west of Estes Park. Get a closer look at Longs Peak or visit the Alpine Visitor Center. The Alpine Visitor Center is 11,700 feet above sea level, so it pays to double-check road conditions before heading out.

Weekend passes are available if you decide to make it a getaway and stay for the whole festival.

The 90-minute drive up Highway 36 also takes you through Boulder and Lyons. If you are a fan of German food, the Black Bear Inn is a fun choice for dinner on the way back home. Reservations are recommended.

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